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Notice: Holiday Service Monday for Thanksgiving

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As a reminder, the Hamilton Street Railway will be operating on a holiday schedule for Thanksgiving this Monday. On this date many routes will be operating with reduced frequencies while some routes will not be operating at all.

The following routes will not be in service Monday:

HSR changing destination signs back to display branch information

Photo by Jason Nason | Hamilton Today

Photo by Jason Nason | Hamilton Today


The HSR announced today that effective early next week destination signs will receive an update. Included in the update is a new way in which route branches will be displayed.

The updated signs will change to the way route branches were displayed prior to December 2013 when they were streamlined. The large route “letter” branch was removed from the route line on signs and was relegated to the destination line of signs.

This change resulted in a loss of clarity for routes, especially route 5 DELAWARE which has five branches and seven end-of-line destinations. The smaller text of the destination line made it difficult to identify if an incoming bus was the correct bus at a distance. The change to smaller text also resulted in passengers accidentally boarding the wrong branch.

Notice: Holiday Service Monday for Labour Day

As a reminder, the Hamilton Street Railway will be operating on a holiday schedule for the Labour Day this Monday. On this date many routes will be operating with reduced frequencies while some routes will not be operating at all.

The following routes will not be in service Monday:

GO Bus service in Hamilton increasing in September

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The fall means changes to bus schedules, both for the HSR and GO Transit in Hamilton. While the extent of the minor changes to local bus service is still to be announced, GO Transit has released details for their fall service changes.

Beginning in September GO Transit will be increasing service to routes around the GTA including services to, from, and through Hamilton.

Below is a summary of the changes to services from GO Transit’s release.

HSR planning shuttles for Festival of Friends this weekend

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After decades emanating from Gage Park, for the last several years the Festival of Friends has taken place at the Ancaster Fair Grounds, which is notable in that it is inaccessible by transit. Route 44 RYMAL is the closest transit route to the fair grounds however it would require walking for about 15 minutes along a country road without sidewalks to reach your destination. Luckily the City of Hamilton felt it wise to run (revenue) shuttle service to the relocated festival.

With the return of the festival to Gage Park this year the city of Hamilton is once again running (revenue) shuttles to and from the Gage Park festival in a similar fashion to the Ticats Express shuttles which operate on gameday.

Full details of the shuttles can be found on the City of Hamilton website. It needs to be noted that the Festival of Friends express shuttles are not free will be regular HSR fare.

GO fare increase set for September 1st, 2017

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At the Metrolinx Board of Directors meeting on June 28, 2017, a fare increase was approved effective September 2nd, 2017.

Fares for trips that currently cost more than $5.02 with PRESTO and $5.65 without PRESTO will increase by approximately three per cent. Other fare types will also increase, including concession fares (senior and student fares), and package pricing (group fares and family fares).

There will be no increase on adult single fares for trips that currently cost $5.02 or less with PRESTO, or $5.65 or less with paper tickets.

Notice: Holiday Schedule for George Hamilton Day

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As a reminder, the Hamilton Street Railway will be operating on a holiday schedule for the George Hamilton Day (Civic) holiday holiday on August 7th. On this date many routes will be operating with reduced frequencies while some routes will not be operating at all.

The following routes will not be in service on this day:

Summer 2017 Schedule Changes

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The Hamilton Street Railway has issued the Summer 2017 edition of their quarterly Bus News online. There are changes to the schedules, including the return of summer service on multiple routes.

Below are the changes that will take effect Sunday June 25th, 2017.

Another summer of inadequate service coming for 56 CENTENNIAL

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On Sunday, June 25th the Hamilton Street Railway will switch to summer schedules. As per every year that means that many routes will adopt summer schedules which sees a reduction in frequencies. One such route is the north-south route on the edge of Stoney Creek, the 56 CENTENNIAL. However this reduction does at best a disservice since the route was changed in 2012.

Prior to 2012 route 56 was known as 56 CONFEDERATION PARK. The route was a summer only service which only ran during the summer months and only on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. The routing for this old route is the same as the current incarnation 56 CENTENNIAL except for two differences. The route did not service the Walmart Supercentre plaza as it did not exist previously and the route had far better service times.

Here’s a little bit of history.

As previously mentioned route 56 CONFEDERATION PARK only operated in the summer months on weekends. During this time the route ran on a 45 minute frequency between Eastgate Terminal and the Lakeland Pool loop, stopping at Wild Waterworks in both directions. The first bus departed Eastgate at 9:15 AM and the last bus headed towards the beach at 8:30 PM. The final departure headed back towards Eastgate from the Wild Waterworks waterpark in Confederation Park was 9:00 PM, a full hour after the waterpark closes in the summer.

2017 Victoria Day Fireworks – Dundas Driving Park

The Victoria Day Celebration and Fireworks is supported by the City of Hamilton and presented by The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club will take place on Monday, May 22nd at dusk. (The event was originally scheduled for Sunday but was postponed due to rain.) This is a free event but the Rotary club would appreciate cash donations at the gate to help finance the club’s local and international service work. Snacks, soft drinks and glow sticks are available for purchase before the fireworks begin.

Live music and food trucks will be on site starting at 6pm. Fireworks display will begin at 9:30pm, weather permitting.

For the last several years the HSR added extra buses on the 52 HEAD STREET branch of 5 DELAWARE to handle extra capacity to and from the fireworks. This added capacity is never confirmed ahead of time and this year will be no different.

HSR customer service had this to say earlier in the week, “Operations road supervision will supply whatever service they feel is necessary to accommodate any additional passenger loads.”

There are also no special HSR event shuttles for these fireworks.

To promote driving to the event the City of Hamilton will provide free parking at any one of the eight Dundas Municipal Parking lots